Month: October 2014

snapshots: HAUNTED HAYRIDE

let's get haunted

Halloween is hands down one of my favorite holidays! It’s a yearly tradition with my friends to go to the Haunted Hayride and have a pumpkin carving competition and this year was no exception. We had such a blast!!!! Here’s some pics from our night.

P.S. My pumpkin won 1st place. BOOYAH.

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I love my friends so much. Including this skinless lady who took a liking to me at the hayride. Shoutout to my skinless biatch!!
Processed with VSCOcam with 6 presetHow rad is Trav’s Altuzarra trench coat??? In the words of Nick Jonas, “it’s my right to be JEALOUS.”
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Davey made us a bomb hot apple cider with whipped cream. Dead.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Our final three entries.

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Do you like my men’s pumpkin jail entry? Jail wouldn’t be so bad if I shared a cell with The Rock, Fallon, the Hoff, and Colton……
IMG_2403Strong powerful women on the outside. Get it!
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Dave’s ode to a minion.
IMG_2406Colt wins for presentation.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI still don’t have a costume guys!!! Welp! Send me ideas? Love you!!

xx.ally

from greenhouse to table

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This Sunday I was finally able to check something off of my lengthy (and getting lengthier by the days…) “To Do” List by dining at the new garden rooftop restaurant Commissary from chef Roy Choi. Roy is quickly becoming one of my favorite chefs due to his rather inventive and fun dining experiences. I was first hooked when I ate at Pot, a Korean hot pot spot turned on its heels and his original restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. I met up with my best friend David at the Line Hotel in K-Town and we had a chic yet simple lunch inspired by fresh ingredients and surrounded by “oh so adorable” decor in this Instagram ready greenhouse.
Really. I dare you not to take an Instagram while you’re here.

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The menu is fun and quirky. Roy clearly states that he wants the experience to almost be like a “Choose Your Own Adventure,” by randomly picking singular ingredients that will act as the star of the dish, without knowing what the chef will actually create with them. David and I are really bad with options, but after a quick chat with our waitress who literally (and impressively!) knew every single description of every ingredient, we got a little cheat sheet explanation and ended up choosing Deviled Eggs, Asparagus, and The Burger and Fries. All were amazing. Next time I want to try RadishScallops, and Corn (which apparently is the bestseller). I have to say surprisingly, that the deviled eggs were an absolute standout. They were phenomenal.
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deviled eggs

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 The asparagus was perfectly cooked and drizzled with a tangy kale dressing and fresh parmesan cheese. Deliciouso!! The burger was Kobe beef with arugula and jam spread. Enough said.
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The dessert we chose was the Stone Fruit choice. It was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted and we were both left wanting more. I couldn’t stop discussing and nerdily analyzing what the heck was in that magical bowl of goodness besides the obvious stardust, glitter and LIFE! The shaved ice hidden at the bottom is the ultimate surprise that brings the flavors of the roasted peaches, ice cream and toasted almonds all together.
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Don’t forget to visit the Cafe downstairs for a slice of Hello Kitty cake or another one of their yummy pastries and a coffee to sip on while you sit in one of their funky cubicle like seating areas downstairs. So fun! There was tons of people on their laptops working or just hanging out with friends. All in all, I will definitely be going back to Commissary soon for another fun filled day.  Thank you Roy Choi for another one of a kind dining experience. You are nothing but a culinary visionary in my eyes!
Commissary @ The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
xx,ally
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